Welcome to the Barnsley Local Welfare Assistance scheme

Applications should be made online
If you need help to do this during our office hours call 01226 775577

What is the Local Welfare Assistance scheme?

The LWA replaces the Crisis Loan and Community Care Grant elements of the DWP Social Fund. It’s a discretionary scheme for people with no alternative support or assistance available to meet their need.

The DWP will still be administrating the Social Fund statutory payments, which are:

  • Surestart Maternity Grants
  • Funeral Payments
  • Cold Weather Payments
  • Winter Fuel payments
  • Budgeting Loans
  • Alignment Payments

The Barnsley Local Welfare Assistance scheme has been designed to help by providing:

  • Grants for people leaving an institution (hospital, care home, hostel, prison etc) who are setting up a new home or families in need of support to ease exceptional pressures on their household
  • Emergency assistance for those who have suffered an unforeseen emergency that presents significant and immediate risks to their health and safety
  • Providing food in partnership with a local foodbank

To be considered by the scheme you must be:


  • A Barnsley resident, aged 16 or over, and not in Full Time Education 
  • A Tenant, Joint Tenant or Owner Occupier of the address where you live, and
  • Have Recourse to Public Funds, and
  • Be entitled to one of the following income related benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Job Seekers Allowance 
    • Employment Support Allowance 
    • Income Support 
    • Pension Credit
    • or have a household income of less than £16,400 a year

The information you provide when applying for a Grant or Assistance under the Local Welfare Assistance scheme will be validated against other records in the council, DWP and South Yorkshire Credit Union. 


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